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worlds. [ booi ] >> what really happened during the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. john mccain lash out after the first time it was a terrorist attack. >> thought it was some kind of spontaneous demonstration, shows the level of their -- the abysmal level of their knowledge about fundamental aspects of terrorist attacks. >> and amy polar goes to washington. the "parks an recreation" star kicks off with real politics. >> are you okay? >> i would like you to leave and give me privacy here please. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in new york. our new nbc news battleground map has a key shift in a crucial state. iowa has moved from toss up to lean obama president. the current electoral math means president obama would have to carry only florida from the remaining battleground states and hold on to where he is ahead to win. joining me for our daily fix, "usa today" washington bureau chief susan page and nbc senior political editor mark murray. first to you on the new battleground states, let's take a look at the map and the significance of what the president has accomplishe
of the embassy. a little over an hour later, reports began to surface that the u.s. consulate in benghazi was in flames after being stormed by armed gunmen. moments later, a libyan official said that an employee had been killed and another wounded. as we reported to you here you last night. on last night's broadcast, democrats and republicans alike condemned the obama administration apology to those who were attacking our embassy and consulate, who we then knew had killed at least one american. at 10:00 p.m. eastern, more than five hours and the incidence of egypt and nearly three hours after the attacks in benghazi, the obama administration broke it violence. an administration official telling political statement by embassy cairo was not cleared by washington. it does not reflect the views of the united states government. the romney campaign quickly accused the obama administration of sympathizing to those who have attacked american interests and americans, calling the messages from the administration a quote disgrace. fifteen minutes later, secretary of state clinton issued a statement
correspondent arwa damon in benghazi. also joining us david ignatius, the columnist for "the washington post." david, let me start with you. you have some information, fascinating and intriguing information that the attack on the consulate may have been linked to al qaeda operatives in libya as a revenge plot. what exactly are you hearing? >> wolf, i heard from a source who has good sources on the ground in the libyan underground that the talk there was that the attack on the u.s. consulate that killed our ambassador stevens on september 11 last week was conceived as by the people who did it, an act of revenge to retaliate for the drone attack that killed a key al qaeda operative and planner. i ran that yesterday by a u.s. intelligence official who said that although some of the elements that i'd heard did not check out that they had heard the same thing. they'd heard this talk of revenge for the killing as a motive for the attack on the consulate in benghazi. so the u.s. government has been hearing the same thing that i picked up from my source. >> that would seem to suggest, david, i'm goi
libyan city of benghazi. militants have been tied to security throughout the country and they could be tied to the killing of chris stevens. folks here have had enough. the compound was ransacked. militia members were killed. they are going for illegitimate and abandon their bases by tuesday. some are skeptical that this will happen but still, trouble some groups, have left problems in two different cities. and the events could be seen by the public backed by the government wreaking their own revenge for the killing of stevens and three americans. maybe it's a good thing because what we understand from our discussions with officials here in benghazi the probe in the killing is going know where fast. we are told by officials they have nothing knew to report that. and we're told the f.b.i. team to come in to investigate the killing remains here in tripoli. according to all reports they have not reached benghazi amidst new concerns in tampering with the crime scene in benghazi and new concerns that the bad guys might be getting away. this militia crackdown means that the militants, pos
weren't planned in benghazi when there was smuch it was orchestrated al qaeda related attack. that will come later in rallies in ohio and the campaign trail. today he will announce he is planning a major foreign policy speech in next couple weeks. details on that forthcoming. which illustrates on romney and paul ryan's campaign which was thought focused on the jobs and economy has been forced into a broadened portfolio to include foreign policy and international affairs. it turned out to be fortuitous. there was a lot of speculation that mitt romney's relative inexperience one-term governor of massachusetts up against a commander-in-chief that claimed to kill bin laden would be a real liability. we've seen in recent weeks mr. romney has been able to get on offense. he was criticized for his early statements suggesting that the cairo embassy remarks attacks on benghazi were inappropriate. when you look at the subsequent list of alleged gaffs, misstatements and inappropriate rhetoric the president has been accused of even suggesting egypt isn't an ally made it possible for mr.
states. at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya's second largest city, at least one american staff member was killed after gunmen stormed the compound and burned it down. we've got some amateur video here into nbc news from the scene. if you listen, you can hear gunshots going off in the background. witnesses say the attackers were armed with automatic rifles, rpgs. libyan forces stationed there said to have little to stop the violence. >>> in neighboring cairo, angry protesters scaled the fortified walls of the u.s. embassy, destroyed the american flag and replaced it with a black islamic banner. most of the u.s. diplomatic staff had already been evacuated in anticipation of this protest. both incidents reportedly are reaction to a little-known amateur movie produced in the united states which ridiculed the prophet mohammed. it gained attention because an obscure florida pastor began promoting it, the same man who triggered deadly riots in afghanistan when he threatened to burn the koran. we want to go straight to cairo where we find nbc chief foreign correspondent, richard engel.
. there is no dignity in that. the people of benghazi -- in their midst and clee re-claimed the honor and dignity of a courageous city. they mourn the loss of ambassador chris stevens, a friend and champion of a free libya, and his fallen comrades. >> of course, that's one sad example of had you things can go very, very wrong, suzanne. >> jill, we know that she's also going to be meeting with the libyan leader as well as the leader of afghanistan, hamid karzai, in the days to come. we'll be looking to see if there's anything that comes of that as well. jill dougherty, thank you. >>> more than 50 current and former heads of state are participating in this clinton global initiative, and, of course, the gop presidential nominee, he is also going to have a role. president obama, is he going to speak tomorrow at noon eastern. mitt romney is giving a speech a couple of hours later. egyptian president mohammed morsi will take part in a closing session. he is going to speak on wednesday. sanctions against iran may be harsher than ever, but iran continues to build its nuclear program. it's got some specia
at the consulate in benghazi. secretary of state hillary clinton was scheduled to testify to congress in a closed intelligence briefing today. it's been suggested the u.s. was warned about that attack in libya three days before it happened. the administration insists they haven't seen intelligence about "significant advanced planning" for that attack. but interestingly the white house is now calling the deadly assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi a terrorist attack for the first time. and it happened on the anniversary of 9/11. fancy that. u.s. relations with israel at least on the surface appear to be getting much worse as president obama continues to say he doesn't have time to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. iran continues to march toward nuclear weapons. syria continues to murder its own people. it all suddenly feels much worse than it has for some time. here's the question, how satisfied are you with u.s. policy in the middle east? go to cnn.com/caffertyfile. post a comment. or go to our post on "the situation room" facebook page. wolf. >> jack, thank you. >>> meanw
group that is assumed to have been behind the attack on the u.s. con salute in benghazi erupted in hundreds of angry libyan citizens stormed the compound. this time at the headquarters of one of the islamic extremist groups suspected in the attack. they have from the compound and set fire to their offices. unprecedented backlash against the group al sharia, one of the groups behind the american consulate attack. tens of thousands of libyans marched through the streets of benghazi to protest against the armed militias that are creating anarchy in cities like benghazi. one protester said did he not want to begin people in his country walking the streets looking like the taliban. back to you in new york. >> thanks so much for the update. >> a tale of two different countries and the response to this thing. it's been interesting to watch as unfolded a day of love. officials there in pakistan saying we have got to stop, this we are burning our own stuff. you are going into our own banks. you are burning our own banks and cars. this sour own stuff. >> it's wonderful to see the libyan p
highlights later. most people are saying it was a week since the benghazi attacks and amazing how the administration has been off message despite the evidence on the ground that it was a preplanned organized terrorist attack and dare i say al-qaida . now the administration seems to have seen the light and starting to realize that the indication are that this was indeed a terrorist attack. >> gretchen: it is interesting. even though it appears they came full circle. the spokesperson for the president had a different than the president within a couple of hours. let's see what jay carny said aboard air force one. it is a reporter gaggle and hard it here. here is the quote. i think it is self evident what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. our embassy was attacked and the result of four deaths of american officials. again, that is self evident. that is not what jay carny said a few days ago and susan rice ambassador to the united nations said on the talk shows on sunday. what changed the opinion in the public where they felt compelled to change the story is when matt olsen t
confirmed an employee at the american consulate in benghazi was killed today. good evening. i'm wolf blitzer in for piers morgan. attacks on diplomatic compounds in both egypt and libya. joining me is the chairman of the house intelligence committee, congressman mike rogers. thank you very much for coming in. i want to get to 9/11, but there's some breaking news that we're following and i want to get your sense. an american diplomat has apparently been killed. people stormed the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. can you update us? >> it's my understanding there were nearly two dozen armed individuals that coordinated explosions and other things. this is the same site that was attacked with an ied about a month or so ago. very, very concerning, and it's concerning that this is a repeat target for them and that this may have been more successful because of the large scale of it. so it's, again, very, very concerning. we have seen al qaeda elements in libya spring up, as we have seen in tunisia, as well. all of that is concerning. we still don't know for certain yet, as i speak to you today or
.s. consulate in benghazi that claimed the lives of four americans including the ambassador to libya, chris stevens. interim president is tuesday's raid was pre-meade at a time act of violence. now that is claim that the u.s. ambassador to the united nations disputes. take a listen. >> best information and best assessment we have today is that in fact this was not a preplanned, pre-mid at a time attack. that what happened initially was a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired in cairo as a consequence of the video. people gathered outside the embassy and then it grew very violent. those with extremist ties joined the fray and came with heavy weapons which are quite common in post revolutionary libya. that then spun out of control. >> gregg: some critics of the administration taking issue with that claim you just heard and questioning why so many of those protestors were in fact heavily armed. >> i'm not sure how much pre-planning went on, but it was clearly an act of terror. people don't bring rocket propelled grenades to demonstrations because they want to demonstrate. it was ver
: and that journal, megyn s a hardbound book that cnn says it found in a largely unsecured u.s. consulate in benghazi four days after ambassador stevens was killed. now, the journal included seven handwritten pages by the ambassador. now, the journal was reportedly returned to the ambassador's family, and cnn says it initially agreed to abide by the wishes of the family not to use et or allude to it until the family got back to them. but four days later without hearing from the ambassador's family, cnn went with it saying, and i'm quoting here: cnn did not initially report on the existence of a journal out of respect for the family, but we felt there were issues raised in the journal which required full reporting which we did. issues including that ambassador stevens was concerned about security threats and the rise of islamic extremism. now, the state department calls the move, quote, indefensible, accusing cnn of copying the journal, then contacting the family saying, and i'm quoting: whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other americans ser
. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution, arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. and after the revolution, he supported the birth of a new democracy, as libyans held elections, and built new institutions, and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago, he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city that he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures, and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that th
, listening with a broad smile. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution arriving on a cargo ship. as america's representative, he helped the libyan people as they coped with violent conflict, cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision for the future in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. and after the revolution he supported the birth of a new democracy as libyans held elections and built new institutions and began to move forward after decades of li dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served, and he saw dignity in the people that he met. and two weeks ago he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that's when america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed in the city he helped to save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he built bridges across oceans and cultures and was deeply invested in the international
. chris went to benghazi in the early days of the libyan revolution, a riding on a cargo ship. as america's representative, we helped the libyan people. as they cared for the wounded, and crafted a vision in which the rights of all libyans would be respected. libyans held elections and built new institutions. and began to move forward after decades of dictatorship. chris stevens loved his work. he took pride in the country he served. he saw dignity in the people that he met. two weeks ago he traveled to benghazi to review plans to establish a new cultural center and modernize a hospital. that is one of america's compound came under attack. along with three of his colleagues, chris was killed, in the city he helped save. he was 52 years old. i tell you this story because chris stevens embodied the best of america. like his fellow foreign service officers, he build bridges across cultures and was deeply invested in the international cooperation that the united nations represents. he acted with humility but also stood up for a set of principles, a belief that individuals should be free to de
that it failed to secure the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the u.s. ambassador to the u.s. and three other americans were killed last week. senior state department officials telling cnn there were a lot of concerns about a rise in islamic extremism in benghazi. a recommendation to close it never got passed up the chain of command. the obama administration saying the act was an act of terrorism. secretary of state, hillary clinton, assigning a panel to investigate how it happened. >> there are obviously very real challenges in these new democracies, these fragile societies. as i said last week, the vast majority of the people in these countries did not throw off the tyranny of a dictator to trade it for the tyranny of a mob. >> sources told cnn ambassador stevens mentioned being on a hit list weeks before he died. secretary clinton doesn't believe there's a basis for the reports. >>> president obama sent in 30,000 additional troops to neutralize a taliban resurgent. the last of the troops have now shipped out. 68,000 u.s. personnel are still stationed. >>> election day less than 11 weeks aw
in egypt and libya, tragically ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed in benghazi, governor romney has attempted to make some political attacks out of the situation. and here is what he said. >> i think it's a-- a -- -- a terrible course for america to stand in apology for our values. >> rose: president obama responded in kind in a conversation with cbs news. >> governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and name later. >> rose: the question is will this issue influence voters come november. more generally, how the nominees shaping up now that the conventions are out of the way. joining me from washington john dickerson, the political director of cbs news and a correspondent for "slate" magazine. and i am pleased to have him on this program. what do you make of this, john? >> well, it's funny, as you said, there has not been a lot of talk about foreign policy and it is the issue over which a president actually has a lot of control as president. the ecomy, the pside doesn't have that much control. what i make of it is governor romney wants to force play
for the state department and for her country. we've seen that heavy assault on our post in benghazi that took the lives of those brave men. we've seen rage and violence directed at american embassies over an awful internet video that we have nothing to do with. it is hard for the american people to make sense of that because it is senseless and it is totally unacceptable. the people of egypt, libya, yemen and tunisia did not trade the tyranny of the tape trader for the tyranny of a mob. reasonable people and responsible leaders in these countries need to do everything they can to restore security and hold accountable those behind these violent acts. and we will, under the president's leadership, keep taking steps to protect our personnel around the world. there will be more difficult days ahead, but it is important that we don't lose sight of the fundamental facts that america must keep leading the world. we owe it to those four men to continue the long, hard work of diplomacy. i am enormously proud of the men and women of the state department. i am proud of all those across our government, c
on the u.s. koconsulate in benghazi. where are we with respect to what the secretary of state is saying to the libyans and what they're saying having to do with that awful and tragic death of the american ambassador? >> they're certainly not changing their message to the press, which is don't ask us to answer your questions. what's happening behind closed doors is that with messaging the hunt for chemical weapons and the hunt for some of those loose weapons, particularly those so-called man pads, the shoulder-mounted missiles that can take down airplanes. the u.s. has continued some of the security training, which is interesting, even though there are no americans in benghazi and they pulled back the staffing at the u.s. embassy in tripoli. they have continued some of their training in other locations outside of the country to help them secure weapons. >> the president's not meeting with any world leaders, although he met with 13. hillary clinton is doing all the work here this week. >> she is. he was taping "the view" while secretary clinton was across town meeting with the leaders. >>
when he denounced the violence on either venue. >> the at talks in attacks in benghazi were no doubt that it was a terror attack. >> are no doubt that the kinds of weapons that were used, the ongoing assault, that it wasn't just a mob action. what is clear is that around the world, there is still a lot of threats out there. megyn: coming up, a man that suggests the presence messaging may actually be making us look weak to the rest of the world. just ahead, lieutenant ralph peters joins us on what the president said this morning. just minutes ago. while the president decides not to describe the events in libya during a terrorist attack, his presidential challenger took a very different route. it appears that the mobile initiative was developed this morning. >> a lot of americans are troubled by developments in the middle east. syria has witnessed a killing of tens of thousands of people. and ambassador was assassinated. iran is moving towards nuclear weapons capability. we are at the mercy of events rather than shaping events. megyn: governor romney went on to describe what he called
is not commentog the status of its investigation . the agents are on the ground and they are not in benghazi itself . >> gretchen: thank you so much, kelly. >> steve: 67th annual united nation's general assemy will kick off. our president will make a speech but not meet with them. but he will meet with the ladies of the view. that was the topic of rogert bibs and chris wallace. watch >> i want to go back to the un and new york this week. he's got schedules and foreign leaders have schedules, but the president has blocked out time to appear on the view on tuesday, so he has time for whoopy goldberg but not world leaders? >> no, chris, look, the president will be actively involved with the un. >> he's giving a speech. >> chris, they have telephones in the white house. he talked to the leader in libya. we don't need a meeting in washington to confer with leaders. >> but he has -- >> i am sure if he would do an brew with you on fox news, you would have no problem. >> he hasn't. that's not the point. >> what is the minutes of fox and view? >> brian: it is important the president of egypt changed his min
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